By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), North-West Zone, has begun a four-day training of its staff on basic first aid and casualty handling during disasters.
The North-West Zonal Coordinator of the agency, Imam Garki, speaking at the opening of the training on Monday January 18, 2021, said the programme was initiated by the Director-General of NEMA, AVM Muhammadu Muhammed (rtd), to build staff capacity for effective response to emergencies.
According to Garki, the exercise was organised in collaboration with the Nigerian Red Cross Society to provide staff of the agency with the right skills, competence and operational readiness to handle disasters.
“Building the capacity of personnel on casualty handling is imperative in the event of an emergency, thus reducing loss of lives and further escalation of injuries.
“The Nigerian Red Cross Society is one of the major partners of NEMA and stakeholders in disaster management.
“Therefore, NEMA engaged the society to provide the basic first aid training for certification of the staff and re-certification for those that have been previously trained,” he said.
Sunday Awulu, Kaduna State Secretary, Red Cross, said that the staff were trained on safety and security, applying basic techniques on breathing and unconscious casualty.
Other areas, Awulu said, included handling severe bleeding cases, fracture, fire burns, unconscious persons, bullet wounds and embedded objects.
“We also trained them on bones setting such as fracture and dislocation and strain,” he said.
He said that the target was to ensure that NEMA staff apply the best first aid to the general public when disasters occur.
Present at the training were, Federal Road Safety Corps ,FRSC), Nigerian Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Fire Service, Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency KadSEMA).and National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW)